Baked Vegan Coconut Burger Recipe For A Cancer-Free Lifestyle

Veagan Coconut Burger For Cancer DietHaving a creative menu is the key to a cancer-free lifestyle diet. This recipe came from WellnessBin.com and can be adapted to meet your needs.  What I like most about this recipe is how to make dehydrated, unsweetened, shredded coconut into a burger. Always use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of shredded coconut meat
  • 1/2 cup of silken tofu
  • 1 medium-sized white onion (chopped)
  • 1 small-sized red bell pepper (minced)
  • 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 5 tablespoons of panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of coriander leaves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons of onion spring (chopped)
  • 5 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano powder
  • Sea salt (ground)
  • Black pepper (ground)
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1. It’s important to remove as much coconut milk from shredded coconut milk to keep the resulting vegetarian burger patties from tasting a lot like coconut milk. To do this, place shredded coconut milk in a large mixing bowl and add water. Using your hands, squeeze coconut milk out of shredded coconut meat. Drain carefully. Add water again and repeat the procedure. Do everything for a third time. 
  2. Set up your steamer and get some water steaming. Steam shredded coconut meat for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, carefully transfer shredded coconut meat to a large tray and allow it to cool completely. 
  3. Once cool, grab a large mixing bowl. Combine shredded coconut meat, silken tofu, white onion, garlic, red bell pepper, coriander leaves, onion spring, oregano powder, panko bread crumbs and soy sauce. Add a little sea salt and ground black pepper, too. Using a large wooden spoon, mix all of the ingredients very well. 
  4. While still mixing shredded coconut meat mixture, sprinkle cornstarch little by little into it. Keep doing this until you come up with a really thick and sticky mixture. 
  5. Get a large tray and line it with wax paper. Scoop 4 to 5 tablespoons of the shredded coconut meat mixture and form into a ball using your hands. Place on the tray lined with wax paper and flatten. Repeat the steps until you have turned the entire shredded coconut meat mixture into burger patties. 
  6. Stash the tray in the refrigerator and allow the vegetarian burger patties to chill for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  7. In a frying pan, heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil over low heat. Start frying vegetarian burger patties. Cook each side for about 3 minutes or until already golden brown. 
  8. Of course, you could also bake the coconut burgers in the oven if you don’t want to use any oil to fry them but it will take much longer and they won’t be crispy.
  9. Transfer cooked vegetarian burger patties onto a serving plate that’s lined with a few pieces of paper towel to remove excess olive oil. 
  10. Serve vegetarian coconut burger meat burger patties as you please.

Don’t forget to repost this super easy recipe on your various social media sites to let your vegetarian family members and friends know how to make delectable burger patties using shredded coconut meat!

Dawn Bradford Co-Founder of Breast Cancer YogaAbout Dawn Bradford Lange: Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Why Cancer Patients Use Yoga To Cope With Diagnosis & Treatment

Yoga Counteracts Anxiety And Stress During Cancer Treatment

It is well documented that yoga decreases stress hormones, like cortisol and increases GABA (gamma-Aminonbutyric acid) levels. GABA is an important calming chemical produced by the brain that counteracts anxiety and stress. GABA is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter chemical in the brain. GABA is responsible for balancing mood levels.

Restorative Yoga Practice Increases Cancer Patients Physical Stamina

It is believed that certain physical reaction disorders are due to the failure to produce adequate levels of GABA. Through brain imaging it has been shown that a restorative yoga practice increases GABA levels markedly. When GABA levels are maintained with breast cancer patients, physical stamina increases. Daily activities like climbing stairs, walking and doing the laundry become easier compared with those that don’t engage in a yoga practice or exercise.

Patients Who Practice Yoga Appear to Cope Better

Depression is also important to address with (breast) cancer patients. The uncertainty about prognosis and treatment, concerns of pain or even death, lack of physical and functional abilities and social changes contribute to depression. Patients who practice yoga appear to cope better with symptoms of illness, and the side effects and distresses of treatments. It is sited that the physical poses, breathing exercises, meditation techniques are especially helpful components of a yoga practice.

The proper balancing of the physical, and then emotional body are key to recovery, and good health. We need both but they need to be in balance, and yoga works directly at balancing them.

Best Yoga Poses To Encourage And Energize Cancer Patients
Suggested Cancer Self-Help Healing Books:

Dawn BradfordAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Immune Boosting Cancer Patient Soup Recipe

This incredible vegan soup recipe includes green tea, lemon, shiitake mushrooms, coconut oil, turmeric, garlic and ginger. WOW! All those good, cancer fighting, phytonutrients in one delicious soup. Remember, when making this soup or any dish always use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbl Coconut Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 Stalks Celery chopped
  • 3 Carrots sliced into 1/4″ rounds
  • 2 Parsnips sliced into 1/4″ rounds
  • Shiitake Mushrooms rehydrated
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 C Vegetable Broth I prefer low-sodium
  • 2 Green Tea Bags with Lemon
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 2 small Bay Leaf or 1 large
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 1-1/2 tsp of freshly grated Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • Lemon halves optional, grilled
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Eggless Noodles
  • Crackers for serving

Directions

  1. To begin, add the vegetable broth, bay leaves, turmeric, ginger and peppercorns to a large stock pot.
  2. Tie the tea bags as I have shown here so they can steep in the liquid.
  3. Bring the liquid to a boil, add the tea bags and simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove the tea bags and strain the liquid to remove the bay leaves and peppercorns.
  5. In a large saute pan, add the coconut oil, onions, celery, carrots and parsnips and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Once tender, remove from the burner and add the garlic, allow the residual heat to cook it.
  7. If you have a grill pan, heat to high and add the lemon halves for just a few minutes until caramelized. This step is optional.
  8. Add lemon halves to the broth and boil for about 10 minutes. Remove the lemons.
  9. While the broth is boiling, rehydrated the shiitake mushrooms in hot water for 10 minutes, drain and rinse.
  10. Prepare the noodles.
  11. Combine the mushrooms, sautéed vegetables and broth.
  12. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with your favorite crackers.

Recipe from the TheVegLife.com

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Dawn Bradford Co-Founder of Breast Cancer YogaAbout Dawn Bradford Lange: Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Cancer Exercise Specialist Helping Clients Achieve Their Full Potential

Deborah Hugh’s is one of 55 speakers from The Breast Cancer Rehabilitaion & Wellness Summit, her interest in fitness and nutrition led her to her first personal training job over 20 years ago. She became Nautilus Certified and continued her education by attending Suffolk Community College to earn her A.S. in Fitness Specialist.  Debbie holds an ACE Certification in Personal Training, is a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, a Certified Reiki Practitioner, and is currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) earning her Holistic Health Coach Certification.

Throughout the years she has worked with a variety of clients with many different needs.  In 2005, she started her own company, The Fitness Club, which provides personal training and nutritional counseling to help clients achieve their full potential through exercise, whole foods, and happy living!

Debbie became a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist after her friend and mentor lost her battle with breast cancer, this led to her to start Strength for Life with Jacqui Errico. It has become her personal mission to promote the amazing benefits of exercise, nutrition and complementary care for those diagnosed with cancer and to keep the memory of her friend alive.

Debbie created a community exercise program in which persons with a cancer diagnosis participate in group classes designed to enhance their recovery process. Services provided will include educating cancer patients and the general public on the benefits of exercise in reducing the risk of certain cancers and improving functional activities.

http://strengthforlifeny.org/ Debbie’s interest in fitness and nutrition led her to her first personal training job over 20 years ago. She became Nautilus Certified and continued her education by attending Suffolk Community College to earn her A.S. in Fitness Specialist.  Debbie holds an ACE Certification in Personal Training, is a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, a Certified Reiki Practitioner, and is currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) earning her Holistic Health Coach Certification.

 

Protein-Rich, Salt-Free Pea Soup Recipe For A Cancer Diet

Breast Cancer Authority Blog has an extensive collection of cancer diet recipes. Are recipes focus on protein rich, plant-based, sugar-free and organic ingredients. The amount of protein suggested in a Google search is that a cancer patients should consume 45 – 60 grams of complete protein each day. However, my Mothers nutritionist suggested we feed her 70 grams of protein. Pea protein can be found in plant-based protein supplements and this wonderful pea soup recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Dried Split Peas
  • 7 Cups of Salt Free Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Mustard
  • 4 Medium Garlic Cloves Diced
  • 3 Stalks of Celery Sliced
  • 2 Medium Carrots Sliced
  • 1 Potato Diced
  • 1-4 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Toppings:

  • Sesame oil
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Fresh Chopped Parsley

Directions:

  1. Place first 5 ingredients in a large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, partially covered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent split peas from sticking to bottom of pot.
  3. Add onions, garlic, celery, carrots and potato. (You can saute these first with 4  tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast or add them in directly if you want a fat-free soup).
  4. Partially cover and allow to simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.(You may need to add extra water).
  5. Season to taste with pepper and vinegar.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of sesame oil, diced tomato and minced parsley.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

 

Cancer, Gratitude Practice & Yoga: Easy Ways To Significantly Improve Your Life

Developing gratitude is a practice and a skill which yoga supports. One way to engage in a gentle practice of gratitude is through the use of mudra. Mudras are hand positions and often called ‘yoga for the hands’. They are gestures which ‘seal’ our intentions or desires by focusing breath and energy into our mudras.

Lotus Mudra is one way to contemplate our gratitude. By joining our hands at the heart-space, we keep the base of the palms joined and touch pinky and thumbs together;  while spreading open our fingers like a lotus flower. The lotus flower is nourished by mud and fed by sunshine.

For cancer survivors, and I am one, this lovely gesture has even deeper and richer meaning. From the murky depth of cancer, there continues to be rays of life and hope. Can we hold both truths in our mind’s eye?

I find that a simple bouquet of flowers goes a long way to nudging my mind toward gratitude.  As we hold the Lotus Mudra, we can fill the container of our hearts by naming our blessings. Practicing gratitude takes less than 3 seconds and this small change can bring big rewards to our immune system.

Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” depends on feeding the soul. We acknowledge the mud we all swim in, and see that difficult circumstances may bring opportunities, as well. I was talking with a newly diagnosed cancer patient just yesterday. He has been stubbornly independent his whole life. And he told me he was proud of himself for being independent. I told him that cancer diagnosis and treatment was a time to open up receiving help. We don’t “do cancer alone”!

Research tells us that those who have a :

  • Social network, far better during cancer treatment
  • Yoga can help fatigue and sleep
  • More fruits and veggies in our diets is better fuel for our bodies
  • Spiritual practices can be supportive of our immune system
  • Developing coping skills can ease anxiety

Yoga practices are more than postures for the body or asanas. A whole person is mind, body, emotions and spirit. We simply unite these aspects of the human experience with breathing consciously. As we progress, we consciously awaken to our everyday lives and see anew. We needn’t travel to India, yoga’s homeland, or even leave our beds to give gratitude aloud. I am not advocating ignoring the pain that cancer and its treatments bring. I am saying that these muddy waters are rich soul-food which demands we rise above the darkness. That in the midst of hardship, we do not overlook the tenacity of a weed to grow out of cement.

And though I don’t know you, when I give thanks during the Lotus Mudra, I will call your soul by name and include you in my gratitude. We journey together.

About Jean Di Carlo Wagner: Owner of Yogabeing.net
E-RYT200, E-RYT500 certified with Yoga Alliance
Yoga Therapist with International Alliance of Yoga Therapists
Atma Yoga Teacher Training, certified 500 hours Los Angeles
A Gentle Way Yoga, certified 200 hours
Silver Age Yoga, certified 200 hours

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Naturally Sweetened Infused Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Below is a recipe for making oatmeal raisin cookies using cannabis/CBD infused agave nectar and coconut sugar. This recipe also includes infused butter that provides a well-balanced and extended release of the cannabis infusions. We have included a video that clearly illustrates how to infuse the naturals sugars and butter using cannabis/CBD tinctures. Remember, always use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup infused butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or Brown Swerve (Erythritol)
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar
  • 6 Tablespoons or 3 fluid ounces of cannabis/CBD in total for these cookies with one fluid ounce in each of the 3 infusing ingredients, agave nectar, butter and coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375
  2. In large bowl cream butter, coconut sugar and agave
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy
  4. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon mix well
  5. Add oats & raisins mix well
  6. Drop dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets
  7. Bake 8 – 9 minutes for  a chewy cookie and 10 – 11 minutes for a crispy cookie
  8. Cool one minute on cookie sheet then move to wire rack
  9. Cool completely and store in tight container or freeze. Stays good frozen for 4-6 months

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Cancer Diet Sugar-Free Protein Packed Brownie Recipe

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These chocolate protein brownies are super easy to make – loaded with protein from the almond butter, plus antioxidants from the chocolate bar and no sugar! This is a perfect cancer patient snack. Remember use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar Almond Butter
  • 2 eggs or egg alternative
  • 1 cup erythritol
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 sugar-free dark chocolate candy bar (3-4 oz.)

Cancer Patient Brownie RecipeDirections:

  1. In large bowl blend almond butter with electric mixer.
  2. Blend in eggs or substitute, then erythritol & vanilla extract.
  3. Add cocoa, protein powder, salt, baking soda & coconut milk.
  4. LIne  9 x 13 glass baking dish with parchment paper. Pour batter into baking dish. It will be thick and you will have press into shape.
  5. Bake 325 for 35 – 45 minutes.
  6. If you want brownie bite bake at 325 for 15 minutes.

I did bake this chocolate protein brownie into brownie bites and they are a bit heavy but they tasted good. You can always add sugar-free chocolate chips, chopped nuts or dried cherries or cranberries.  Another great thing about these brownies is that they taste as delicious if you make a bigger batch and freeze them. Just defrost them two to three hours before you want to eat them, and they will be as good as freshly baked.

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Labyrinth Walking: A Healing Tool For Cancer Patients


Tool For Cancer PatientsLabyrinth
Walking can be a healing tool for cancer patients. In many ways the labyrinth represents the journey to healing. Healing is not only physical but also occurs on the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. A physical healing is often described as a cure. While a cure might not be possible, healing is always an option. To be healed means to be made whole, and wholeness is fundamentally a psychological and spiritual process of finding meaning. The labyrinth can be used as a tool of healing to help people find meaning in their situation.  You can find more healing tools in the book ABC Workbook for Cancer Patients.

A portable canvas labyrinth can be used and cancer patients are encouraged to walk it as a symbolic journey to recovery and healing. It is suggested that you think about your life from diagnosis through treatment up until the present moment and to relate your journey to the labyrinth walk.

Suggested questions

  1. What is the most important lesson your illness and recovery has taught you?
  2. How has your illness had a positive effect on your life?
  3. How has it affected your relationships?
  4. In what ways are you more whole than before you illness?
  5. What about your illness are you grateful for?
  6. How has your spirit been influenced?
  7. What is required for continued healing?

The path towards healing is not straight and often you feel lost. Perseverance is required to complete the journey. The center represents treatment and the journey out is toward recovery and acceptance. People come and go on the journey. The whole process occurs in the container and context of love and spirit. You feel more connected and relaxed

.Suggested Cancer Self-Help Healing Book:

Writing Your Way to Healing and Wholeness

In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer 

ABC Workbook for Cancer Patients.

Breast Cancer: A-Z Mindful Practices: Self Care Tools For Treatment & Recovery

5 Ways Yoga Benefits Cancer Post-Treatment Fatigue

Yoga For Cancer Related FatigueIf you’re a cancer survivor and feeling tired or even worse, even long after treatment, you are not alone. About one-third of breast cancer survivors experience this debilitating condition for anywhere from a year to several years post-treatment.

Cancer-related fatigue, (CRF)is very common in breast cancer patients.  Fatigue can often be confused with tiredness. Tiredness happens to everyone. One would expect to be tired  after certain activities, treatments or from daily activities. Sleep and resting is most important when recovering. Fatigue can prevent you from functioning normally and impacts your quality of life.

However, fatigue is an unusual or excessive whole-body tiredness is not relieved with sleep. It can be acute (lasting a month or less) or chronic (lasting from one month to six months or longer).

How To Cope With Cancer-Related Fatigue
The precise reason is unknown, but it may be related to the process of the disease itself or through the chemotherapies and radiation treatments. (CRF) is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its associated treatments. Usually, it comes on suddenly, does not result from activity or exertion, and is not relieved by rest or sleep. It is often described as “paralyzing.” It may continue even after treatment is complete.

What Cancer Patients Can Expect From A Yoga Practice :

  1. women with post-treatment fatigue were still feeling more invigorated than before they started
  2. women become more energized
  3. women see improvement in mood and sleep
  4. women are typically more relaxed, and more aware
  5. women are more accepting of what life brings to them

To Assist Patients As They Cope With CancerUnfortunately there’s no conventional therapy to resolve it, but studies are increasingly showing yoga designed specifically for breast cancer survivors is helping women to catch a second wind. In fact, a recent UCLA study found that three months after beginning yoga, women with post-treatment fatigue were still feeling more invigorated than before they started. Not only do women become more energized, but they see improvement in mood and sleep; they are typically more relaxed, more aware, and more accepting of what life brings to them. All these attributes are so critical as we work toward our continued mental and physical well-being, and ultimately, our healing.  We suggest ABC Workbook For Cancer Patients for additional post-treatment tools. 

 

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us atinfo@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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